Interim political leader of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) Jack Warner extended his arms yesterday and welcomed all to the nation’s newest political party.
And he urged citizens to turn their backs and walk away from the People’s Partnership and People’s National Movement.
The invitation was extended at the formal opening of the ILP headquarters at Mulchan Seuchan Road, Chaguanas.
“This afternoon the opening of the ILP home is symbolic of who we are: a family that welcomes all into its fold regardless of race or ethnicity, gender, or sex, ability or differently-abled, age or youth; the home of the ILP crosses divides and is the home for all. Thus with open arms, I extend an invitation to all so that whosoever will may come,” he said.
Warner said the ILP doors will remain open as a means of refuge. He said the ILP, as a political party, will bring peace and happiness to all families and will always represent, act and perform for and on behalf of all.
“Again with outstretched arms to you, I say welcome to the home of the ILP where kind words will define our identity, where the fragrance of our love is available to all and where the delicate touch of our ILP family is the assurance that we care; to one and all again I extend a green and hearty welcome to the home of the ILP,” he said.
Warner said the ILP headquarters would be an edifice that will receive national recognition for the appreciation, kindness and respect shown to all citizens. “The home of the ILP will offer rest to the weary, a shelter in the time of all storms and strong anchor for a nation drifting away from the moorings and values to which we have been tied by our forefathers,” he said.
Warner promised that the needs of the common people will no longer be ignored. “There are citizens in this country who will never get a government job or a government contract under the PNM. What is even worse is that there are citizens in this country who have lost jobs and government contracts because they do not identify with the philosophy of the People’s Partnership,” he said.
Warner said at the Home of the ILP a strong economy for the people of Trinidad and Tobago will begin.
The ILP will announce its 136 candidates contesting the Local Government elections at a meeting in Chaguanas this evening.